Tennis: More Ilie Nastase misbehavior in Madrid brings a WTA rebuke to tournament officials, while the coaching carousel continues to swirl around Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic.
By Andrea Leand, PSN analyst
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- WTA chief executive Steve Simon admonished Mutua Madrid Open owner Ion Tiriac for allowing Ilie Nastase a formal role in the women’s awards ceremony, just weeks after Nastase drew an ITF ban for bigoted, profane tirades at Romania’s Fed Cup match against Great Britain. Nastase was pictured hugging winner and fellow Romanian Simona Halep on the podium.
- Pietr Wozniacki, father of Caroline Wozniacki, refused to accept an apology from Maria Sharapova’s agent for calling the former world No.1 and Agnieszka Radwanska “journeymen.” Max Eisenbud asked for forgiveness in a private email to Caroline and the Wozniacki family, saying he was “very emotional, not rational and just really stupid.” Mr. Wozniacki responded: “If he (Eisenbud) was a man, he’d also apologize in public.”
- Nick Kyrgios brought on former French pro Sebastian Grosjean as a coach for the Italian Open.
- Novak Djokovic says he will name a new big-name coach – widely speculated to be Andre Agassi – in the next two weeks.
- Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have pledged support for Gerard Pique’s plans for a World Cup tennis event. The top tennis stars are unhappy that proposed Davis Cup changes are not more extensive.
- Condolences to American pro Stevie Johnson upon the loss of his father, Steve, who died suddenly May 11.
ATP TOUR: Mutua Madrid Open
Final: Rafael Nadal def. Dominic Thiem, 7-6 (8), 6-4
- With a fifth Madrid Open title, Nadal extends his claycourt winning streak this season to 15 matches and moves past Roger Federer to No.4 in the world.
- Nadal dropped just one set in his opening match to Fabio Fognini on a path that also took out Kyrgios (third round), David Goffin (quarterfinals) and Djokovic (semifinals).
- Thiem survived five match points against 12th seed Grigor Dimitrov before edging the Bulgarian, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9).
- Croatian 20-year-old Borna Coric, returning from knee surgery at the end of last year, surprised top seed Andy Murray in the third round, 6-3, 6-3.
WTA TOUR: Mutua Madrid Open
Final: Simona Halep def. Kristina Mladenovic, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2
- Halep, reunited with coach Darren Cahill, returned to form to become only the second woman since Serena Williams to win back-to-back Madrid Open titles. That brought a rise to No.4 in the world.
- Mladenovic, who upset No. 8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova (semifinals), moves to a career-high No.14.
- Eugenie Bouchard, spirited by coach Thomas Hogshedt, routed Maria Sharapova in a highly anticipated second-round clash and ousted top seed Angelique Kerber (third round) before falling to Kuznetsova.
- Wozniacki, who fell to Carlo Suarez Navarro in the second round, still returns to the top 10 ranks at No.10.
ATP TOUR: Internazionali BNL d’Italia
- Site: Rome
- Top seed: Andy Murray
WTA TOUR: Internazionali BNL d’Italia
- Site: Rome
- Top seed: Angelique Kerber